Local nature reserves

Lomeshaye Marsh Nature Reserve

How to get there

Off Kirby Road, Nelson. BB9 6RS

On foot: From Nelson or Brierfield town centres follow the A682 to the roundabout, then cross over the M65 roundabout and follow Churchill Way before turning left onto Kirby Road which leads to the reserve.

Train: Hourly services to Brierfield or Nelson stations on the Preston to Colne line, then on foot as above (approx 1 mile).

Bus: Nos. 20-28 every 10 minutes from Burnley, Nelson or Colne and stopping at the Waggon and Horses pub.

Cycleway: Along the Leeds/Liverpool canal towpath with a link from Lomeshaye Road under the M65 and onto Churchill Way. Please note cycling is not permitted within the reserve.

Road: 300m from junction 12 of the M65. Follow the Lomeshaye Industrial Estate signs on the roundabout and follow Churchill Way before turning left onto Kirby Road which leads to the reserve.

Leeds/Liverpool Canal: 500m from the canal on the other side of the M65 between junction 12 and Whitefield.

Site Information

Size: 2 hectares, 2.8 acres

Designated: February 2005

A mosaic of habitats including ponds and swamp; trees and scrub; species-rich grassland and riverside banking; on the site of a former sewage works. A timber building with a turf roof and a bird hide has been constructed but is only open by prior arrangement. Surprisingly for such a small site, a Bittern roosted in the swamp in winter 1997. 

Nearest Town: Lomeshaye, Nelson

Grid Reference: SD 846 376 (centre)

OS Maps: Landranger 103 Blackburn (1:50,000), Outdoor Leisure 21 South Pennines (1:25,000)

Ownership: Pendle Borough Council

Status: County Wildlife Site (Biological Heritage Site)

Nearest toilets: Town Hall, Market Street , Nelson

Other details: Part of the Tackler's and Water Power walking trails.

No. of plants: 166 including cowslip, oxeye daisy, St John's-wort, lady's bedstraw, ragged robin, bulrush, marsh-marigold, celery-leaved buttercup and yellow flag iris.

No. of birds: 51 including swallow, jack snipe, sedge and reed warblers, reed bunting, water rail, whitethroat, blackcap, tawny owl, grey heron, moorhen, bullfinch, tree sparrow and kingfisher.

Also look out for: Frogs, toads and newts




Meadow Crane's-bill


A blue-flowered native Geranium


Winter months

Up to 30 birds roost on site

Dragonflies and damselflies

Summer months

12 species recorded - one of the best sites in East Lancashire


Flowers May-July seed heads August-September

Produces a massive dandelion head